Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release:
February 13, 2007
Senator Wilcoxson (center) and foster parents kick off
the Foster Doll project at the State Capitol.
Doll Project at State Capitol to Bring Attention
to Need for Foster Parents
State Sen. Kathleen
Wilcoxson is well acquainted with the foster care system in
Oklahoma. She and her husband, Lynden, opened their home and their
hearts to a foster child whom they later adopted. Now Sen. Wilcoxson
is hoping to bring attention to the need for others to do the same.
Wilcoxson and the Foster Care Association of Oklahoma (F.C.A.O.)
have teamed up to give the Governor, Lt. Governor and every member
of the House and Senate a foster doll to care for until May.
“Each one of these dolls represents a child in Oklahoma’s
foster care system,” explained Wilcoxson, R-Oklahoma City.
“Many of them are special needs children, and many have endured
more abuse and neglect than any of us can imagine. All of them desperately
need a loving home.”
Following a press conference on Tuesday to kick off the event,
Wilcoxson and F.C.A.O. members delivered the dolls along with a
case history and certificates of honorary approval for the care
of each foster doll.
Lana Freeman of Newcastle is the F.C.A.O. coordinator for the doll
project. She said just as foster children cannot be left alone,
neither should the foster dolls.
“It would be great to see lawmakers actually bringing these
dolls with them to committee meetings and onto the floor,”
Freeman said. “The more everyone participates, the more we’ll
be able to get the word out about the need for more foster families.”
Wilcoxson said as of November 2006, there were 12,170 Oklahoma
children in foster care, while there were only 3,888 foster homes.
She noted there’s also a 26 percent foster parent turn over
“It isn’t an easy thing to take on. These children
need a safe, wholesome environment and their nutritional, medical
and other needs must be met, along with getting them to counseling
sessions, visits with birth family members and more,” Wilcoxson
said. “But a loving foster family can literally save a child
from a life of physical and emotional abuse.”
Throughout the coming weeks, those receiving foster dolls will
receive updated case plans as well as information relating to adoption.
After the dolls are collected in May, they’ll be taken to
malls and stores throughout the state and displayed to help continue
to raise awareness about the need for foster parents in Oklahoma.
For more information contact:
Senator Wilcoxson's Office - (405) 521-5618